The so-called morning after pill, a.k.a. emergency contraception,
is a birth control pill that consists, in fact, of a mix of pills
that should be taken within 72 hours after sexual intercourse, in
order to prevent or suppress unintended pregnancy altogether, in case
of unprotected sex or failure in the contraceptive method, like, for
instance, when sexual intercourse takes place against your will; when
a condom slips off or rips during sex; when a diaphragm is used without
spermicide; you miss pills or start a new pack late; your IUD is ejected).
Since contraception is something which only concerns ones' own sexuality,
free will to decision-making and the pill itself hinges on accurate
information as to what's best for each individual. Here's what there
is to be known about the morning after pill.
How To Get It:
This birth control pill is only available by medical prescription.
How To Take It:
After sexual intercourse, within 72 hours period, the first and the
second doses should be taken with 12 hours time-lapse between each,
each blister consists of 2 to 4 pills.
How The Morning After Pill Works:
It may work by delaying ovulation- when ordinary menstrual cycle gets
out of order -, inhibition of ovulation, preventing the egg from being
released, and, if both fails and the woman gets pregnant, by stopping
the embryo, so that it won't make to the lining of the uterus.
It's effectiveness vary from 80 to 99%. Very good for emergency cases
in which eventual conception wasn't prevented. Yet, there suits perfectly,
as previously referred, as very effective back up role for primary
contraception methods failed.
Side effects such as headaches, nausea, abdominal cramps, saggy breasts,
eventual vomiting, as well as irregular bleeding, as a result of changes
in the next period produced by the morning after pill, which can come
either early or late.
The morning after pill does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases
and should not be used neither by someone allergic to pills nor by
Who Can Take It:
Practically every woman can use this contraceptive pill, except in
the cases aforementioned above (women allergic to pills and the pregnant-ones).
But, again, it must be only used under medical prescription.
No birth defects nor infertility is caused by this contraceptive pill.
Costs range from $20 to $25.